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15 days ago

The most stunning city park in Gainesville, the Alfred Ring Park follows Hogtown Creek from NW 31st Blvd to NW 16th Ave, where the trail continues on the other side of 16th Ave as Loblolly Trail. The creek is wide and crystal clear for most of its length (a little murky near the bridge at 16th Ave). Glen Springs runs into the creek at the north end of the park. The terrain is slope forest and there are many old trees on the property. The trail is well maintained with boardwalks over the wet areas. There is a small playground for children at the north end of the park and a wildflower garden originally planted by Emily Ring. There are lots of roots on the trail so be careful.

Good for bikes and horses. Much of the trail is sandy and passes among flat stands of pines, but botanists will appreciate the subtle changes, especially in comparison with the nearby Devil’s Millhopper scenery.

The trail itself is a simple flat loop through the woods around a sinkhole, but the sinkhole is stunning and a must-see for visitors to North Florida. Currently (after the high waters that filled several feet at the bottom of the sinkhole in summer 2017), the walk down is closed as the boardwalk is being repaired and perhaps re-routed a bit, so call the park to find out the status of the trails and boardwalk to avoid disappointment. (Volunteers hauled several vertical feet of wood from the boardwalk out of the sinkhole in December to help the park to move forward with new plans for the boardwalk).

Since the demise of the boardwalk years ago, the back area has become rather untended, and this trail has lost much of its appeal (though the platform space as the trail begins is still a beautiful facility).

Nice trails. The trails have been cleared of any debris from the hurricane. Plenty of trails to vary your route.

Great hike, but very tore up from the hurricane. Rough hiking.

easy quick trail

I bike this trail several times a week. I'm not sure what I'd do without it!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice clean trail. Enjoyable walk.

Primarily a connector from downtown to the Hawthorne Trail.

Love it

Very easy and dear to my heart, my moon and stars took me here.

Definitely worth the visit if you're in the area. Short enough hike so not something to pass up if you are just passing through.

A must see in Gainesville, it's a fascinating place! However, the inherent heat and mosquitoes take it down a knotch. Be prepared with water and lots of bugspray!

Really great bird and critter watching. Makes for a nice relaxing evening walk.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful and easily navigable trail.

We walked these trails early in the morning. It was very peaceful and beautiful and not crowded. There is an element of danger as most of the trail wanders between a palmetto forest, but that adds to the experience. There are also a couple of boardwalks through cypress tree groves.

hiking
9 months ago

A little gem of a trail in the suburbs of Gainesville. Not really spectacular scenery- basically woods but Gainesville put a lot of effort to make this a pretty park/trail for Gainesville residents that follows the Hogtown Creek.

Nice little walk. There are a lot of stairs but the walk into the sinkhole is a unique experience. There is also a serene trail around the top of the sinkhole that is very picturesque.

I do eight mile hikes here at least once a week and I love it. North side trails are nice and wide and the habitats change up often so it's never dull. A great place to see deer, tortoises, armadillos, a plethora of birds, insects and now even coyote.
It's dog friendly and just a great hike!

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